I’ve recently started my 36th volume of Morning Pages so I think it’s a good time to share more with you about my Morning Pages practice and how I make it work for me.
I’ve been writing Morning Pages for over 5 years now and I first blogged about them here.
What are Morning Pages?
Morning Pages are a form of journaling suggested by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist’s Way.
This is what Cameron says about them on her website:
“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”
How I make my Morning Pages practice work for me
- I use A5 notebooks and aim to write 3 pages each morning before I start my day.
- I do miss the odd day – especially if I oversleep, have an early appointment or feel unwell.
- Some days I only write one page and sometimes it’s more than 3 pages. It’s usually 2-3 pages.
- I used to write whatever came to mind and sometimes still do. But I have also developed something of a structure which I often use to keep the words flowing:
- I start out writing about how I’m feeling and how I slept.
- I often give myself a score out of 10 for how I am feeling. Then note down some ideas of what I can do that day to improve my score.
- Recently I’ve been drawing a card from my Starseed Oracle deck each day. I write down which card I’ve pulled and any thoughts about it.
- Next I write out my affirmations – I currently have a list of 9.
- I write about plans for the day, things on my mind and about dreams I’ve had.
- If I don’t have time to write my pages first thing sometimes I get to them later in the morning. I’ve even written them in the afternoon and evening.
- It usually takes me around 10-20 minutes depending on how many pages I write, what’s on my mind and if I am interrupted by family members.
Benefits of Morning Pages
- My morning pages journals are a great place to vent, express emotion, solve problems, come up with creative ideas and untangle all the random thoughts that get in the way of me getting on with things.
- Writing them each day (usually in the morning) gives me that all important time as an introvert to process my thoughts and have time to myself.
- They often help me wake up. I am often bleary-eyed as I begin and feel much more awake by the time I am done.
- They are a commitment to myself and my self-care. By completing them first thing they often create a momentum for the day to get other things done.
- I usually write my morning pages before I pick up my phone or go near a screen. They help me have less screen time. Plus I get my own thoughts out before I am bombarded with the internet and everyone else’s thoughts!
Have you tried writing morning pages? How did you get on?
I hope my morning pages practice inspires you to give them a go… be sure to let me know how you get on!